- Jell-O was born in 1897 when a young carpenter trying to make his fortune in patent medicines mixed fruit flavoring into gelatin.

- Gelatin is made from animal tissue reduced to a fibrous protein called collagen.- Due to poor sales, inventor Pearle Bixby Wait sold his Jell-O trademark in 1899 to the wealthiest man in town for $450.

- Wait continued to invent other concoctions including a homemade laxative, cough syrup and a foot remedy.

- Bowls of Jell-O were handed out to immigrants passing through Ellis Island.

- 13 boxes of Jell-O are purchased in the United States every second.

- Salt Lake City ranks as the No. 1 city in per capita consumption of Jell-O, and No. 1 in green Jell-O sales.

- In 1990 James Arrington, creator of the infamous Farley Family, along with a group of Utah Jell-Ophiles, attempted to qualify for the Guinness Book of World Records by building the world's longest strawberry Jell-O mold in a 50-foot-long rain gutter. Their 300 pounds of Jell-O powder, 57 gallons of boiling water and 500 pounds of ice didn't make it.